Ulysses Jenkins

  • Black Gold/Fever
  • 13 October 2011
  • 7-9PM
  • LACE
  • ulyssesjenkins.com

Ulysses Jenkins’ multi-media performance ritual utilizing video projections, this dance, music and spoken word is a reinvention of Columbus Day: a doggerel, which was originally performed at LACE in 1980. In this re-staging, Jenkins will collaborate with artists Anna B. Scott, Michael Delgado, Najete Agindotan, Matthew Thomas, David Strother Lena Hovanes and Babalade Olamina to continue measuring the toll placed upon the environment and indigenous peoples.

$10 general admission/$5 students/FREE for LACE members

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Ulysses Jenkins, Columbus Day: A Doggereal, October 13, 1980. Courtesy of Ulysses Jenkins.

A longtime artistic presence in the Los Angeles area, Ulysses Jenkins has combined mural painting, performance art, video production, and music to present his stories and ideas to people of all backgrounds. His multifaceted accomplishments have made him a nationally respected figure. From his early veritĂ© work with the Video Venice Collective in the 1970s, through his current investigation of the media’s portrayal of African American men, Jenkins has consistently interrogated questions of race, history and the power of the state. In works that explore issues such as the African diaspora and racism in the media, Jenkins provides important insights into the political and cultural realities of African American communities in the United States. He received National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships for Video Art in 1980,1982, and 1995, and was inducted into the Black Filmmaker’s Hall of Fame in 1990. Jenkins received his MFA in Intermedia -Video/Performance Art from Otis College of Art in1979. He currently is an Associate Professor of Studio Art at the University of California, Irvine; he is also an affiliate professor with the African-American Studies program.